One window open

I’m on a last-minute trip and I was so busy packing and prepping. I did manage to quickly edit a couple of pictures though that I hope to be able to share in the next couple of days on my phone. 

I’m 98% full on my photo storage on WordPress though, so I’m not sure I’ll have room to put the photos on the site while I’m traveling! 😬

I took this photo as we were walking through NYC one day. We may have been driving – this might have been out of my car window. I can’t remember where it is, but I liked the fact that it is curved. And one window is either open or missing. 

One window open – ProjectEdit365 – 01 Dec

The original was a little dimmer. I ran the HDR preset (presets are great when you’re in a rush!) and cropped to eliminate the the different part of the building on the bottom. I’m pretty sure I decreased the noise. Here’s the original:

Brightening the urban night

The city that never sleeps.

There’s an energy in NYC that I feed off of when we visit. Being there makes me feel youthful and full of potential. Like when you just graduate from college and your whole life is before you. I wonder if the magic would fade if I were to live there. Would the energy sustain me or wear me out?

A street photo of NYC and Radio City at night. Not So SAHM

Brightening the urban night – ProjectEdit365 – 25 Nov

The original photo was pretty dark. Technically, there’s not a lot of great things about this photo. I know I was walking when I took it. It does have energy though, and it’s easier to see after running the HDR preset in Lightroom. I lightened the blacks just a touch because I felt the preset made them a little to dark for what I wanted. I also reduced the noise a little. Here’s the original:


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Big imagination

She can take a leaf and create a whole world with back story, intrigue, good guys, bad guys, and no ending – because the story always continues.

Girl walks with leaf with NYC skyline in background. Not So SAHM

Big Imagination – ProjectEdit365 – 24 Nov

The original was too dark. I increased the exposure only a little. I think what helped is moving the tone curve line up. That also matted things a bit, which I wanted for this pic. I didn’t want the buildings to be too distinctive. I used an adjustment brush on her face to lighten it up and another brush to increase the contrast and clarity on her hair. I also decided to clone out the men, but I didn’t even think about cloning out the buoy in the water. I increased the vibrance and moved the tint slider towards magenta. I sharpened and decreased the noise and added a small vignette. Here’s the original:


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The rebuilding of WTC

One World Trade Center is now complete and it’s so beautiful. I desperately want to get back to NYC to see it. This was taken in 2011, standing near the Statue of Liberty.

One World Trade Center in the middle of construction. Not So SAHM

The Rebuilding – ProjectEdit365 – 23 Nov

The original was hazy. I increased the contrast and clarity and reduced the noise. I used a graduated filter over the buildings to warm them up a touch. Here’s the original:


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New York or France?

We left Central Park, wandering around and heading towards FAO Schwarz (when it was still open). This building took our breath away. It’s at the corner of 58th and 7th. I had to google it tonight to get info on it. It’s called the Alwyn Court, and it was built in the early 1900s using various French styles. Check out the wikipedia article if you’re interested. But for now, take as long as you need to stare at all the various detail!

An intricately carved building, the Alwyn, stands in the midst of modernity in NYC. Not So SAHM

NYC or France? – ProjectEdit365 – 18 Nov

I cropped in and straightened the picture just a little. I also reduced the saturation of blue to take away the distraction of the awnings and increased the contrast and clarity. I used an adjustment brush on the windows to warm the temperature and make them more golden, and a different brush on the brick to the left to increase the contrast. Here’s the original:


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Straightening buildings

Another beautiful fall day in Central Park.

Tall buildings pose as the backdrop to Central Park. Not So SAHM

Straightening buildings – ProjectEdit365 – 17 Oct

One of the awesome things Lightroom can do is straighten buildings.  My 17-55mm lens can distort tall objects, and with buildings, that’s not a good thing. So, I went down to the “Lens Corrections” and clicked “vertical”. I had to crop after that because it distorts the photo to make the vertical things straight. I added some warm light and adjusted the contrast and clarity. Ugh, I also tried to eliminate some of the sun flare on the building to the right and didn’t do a great job. Here’s the original. You might not even notice how much the buildings are leaning until you look at the edited photo:


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